Dementia Friendly Dunbar held its first Community Event on Saturday, a great way to kick off East Lothian’s Dementia Awareness Week.
The organising team have been working for months to make the day a great success and ensure that people across the local community could get it into their diaries. There was a great array of stalls there from the Dunbar Day Centre, Lammermuir House and Sunny Dunny knitters to the Dunbar Men’s Shed and the Dunbar Historical Society. East Lothian organisations like Carers of East Lothian, Strive and Changes were there with lots of support and great ideas for things to do. Ageing well and Self Directed Support were also there with ideas and information. Plus we had national bodies like Age Scotland and Living it Up there too.
The information tables were busy with folk asking questions and fellow stall holders getting to know each other. I got chance to meet the Playlists for Life People as well who were able to talk about how they worked in their community in Fife, we’re going to make some Dementia Friendly links and I hope that will be the start of some Dementia Friendly twinning!
A talk from our CPN nurses Helen Wilson and Liz Graham was packed out with rave reviews, I’m sure I heard a call for an encore! 🙂 The. Alzheimer’s Scotland Bus was busy and Hazel didn’t get much time to come into the hall to say hello or get a cuppa, but it meant lots of people were able to find out more about dementia and how Alzheimer’s Scotland can help.
A lot of tea coffee and cake were consumed and the tea corner was a hive of chat and the team got lots of questionnaires filled in for the Dementia Centre’s Big Ask survey.
So many stalls, too little time. As well as information, free pens and even hand cream (yes!), there were therapy sessions, podiatry, legal advice from Paris Steele, and folk from the fire service, police and community wardens. There was also a beautiful display of flowers and veg that really brought the room to live.
From the tired but very happy organising team, a couple of comments:
“A wonderful afternoon with a great buzz. Some heart-warming conversations and new contacts made. Can’t wait to read the comments from “The Wall”, enabling us to make plans for the future of Dementia Friendly Dunbar! (Lorna, Dunbar Library, DF Dunbar)
“People said there was a lovely sense of ‘community’ at the event and a great sharing of experiences…even the police! My husband saw a friendly approach to how Dunbar as a community was helping people especially carers.” (Frances, DF Dunbar).
If you want to follow what happens next, here’s a link to the Dementia Friendly Dunbar Facebook Page. We’ll keep you updated through the DFEL website too.
I met lots of lovely people and heard lots of positive comments about the day, including the suggestion that we need more events like this across East Lothian. Sound like plan to me – who’s next!